For 944 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

J. Hoberman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Mysteries of Lisbon
Lowest review score: 0 A Hole in My Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 944
944 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A satisfyingly well-wrought, old-school thriller: Character drives the plot, literally.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Remarkably unassuming, genuinely playful, and superbly executed, The Iron Giant towers over the cartoon landscape.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Inoffensively glib and innocuously arty.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The movie may not be a single-bound building-leaper but Bryan Singer reconfigures the daddy of all comic-book sagas into something knowing, witty, and even sensitive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The latest Tinker Tailor is, in some ways, more explicit regarding various characters' sexual proclivities than was the miniseries. It's also more concise, but what's lost is George's pathos.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Has marked affinities to "Ghost World" and "Donnie Darko." It's more amorphous and less sharply drawn than either but has an acute sense of guilty secrets and secret places.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    One may not realize how truly sad this movie is until the forlorn final moments, when Payne resists an inspirational closer, and, with exquisite tact, averts his eyes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Frost/Nixon's main attraction is neither its topicality nor its historical value, but Langella's re-creation of his Tony-winning performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Call it the Passion of Jeanne: Accompanied for much of the movie by a single reverb-heavy guitar and a snare drum, Balibar demonstrates a carefully calibrated lack of affect and a voice as smoky as a carton of Gitanes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Nelson has fashioned a compelling movie around an unfathomable mystery. To see Jones's face, eyes hidden behind trademark aviator shades, is to experience the last shock in Psycho. His is the blank stare of living death.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Jack Black is consistently hilarious--and not just in his dreams of moshpit glory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Che
    Every Bolivian sequence has its Cuban parallel, which is why Che's two parts are best seen together. Guerrilla may be the more realized of the two--and could certainly stand on its own--but it is only comprehensible in the light of The Argentine. Elevating Guerrilla to tragedy, The Argentine puts some hope in hopelessness--and even in history.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A funny, fantastic, genuinely alarming quasi-autobiographical cheapster by twentysomething New York brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A terrific movie in the Antonioni tradition, Climates confirms 47-year-old Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as one of the world's most accomplished filmmakers--handling the end of a relationship and the cloud of human confusion rising from its wreckage as if the subject had never before been attempted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    As archetypal as its title, Ridley Scott's would-be epic aspires to enshrine Harlem dope king Frank Lucas in Hollywood heaven, heir to Scarface and the Godfather. Or, as suggested by the Mark Jacobson article on Lucas that inspired the movie, a real-life Superfly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Impressionistic and lyrical, as well as somber and gripping, The Betrayal conveys a ceaseless flow. It's as if the filmmaker has opened a window onto a parallel world traveling beside our own.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    A fabulously fond and entertaining tribute to the quick-witted Lower East Side kid.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Panahi is a maestro of anxiety. Whatever its political significance, this is a dark, sustained, and wrenching film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    No Greek tragedy, this Hollywood Sweeney is a FUN creepy-crawly. If nothing else, Burton has learned that the successfully gruesome is its own reward.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    If nothing else, Brother confirms Kitano's stature as the most original purveyor of on-screen mayhem since Sam Peckinpah.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    When it comes to stoopid fun, X-Men could be the summer movie to beat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Both resonant and skillfully devious.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The daring of the conception is matched only by the brilliance of the execution.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Becalmed or bobbing along, they remain balseros -- but then, as this engrossing documentary suggests, so are we all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    In a sense, Varda has done for herself what she did for Demy--creating a work, as charming as it is touching, that serves to explicate and enrich an entire oeuvre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Black nationalism lives and breathes in this remarkably fresh documentary - a standout in last spring's New Directors/New Films - assembled by Göran Hugo Olsson.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    This fastidiously hyperreal neo-noir suggests a sadder but wiser remake of the Coens' rambunctious debut, "Blood Simple."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    Funny, reasonably crazy, and unpretentiously faithful to its source.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The sorry spectacle of the ranting codger never effaces the image of the boy concentrating his entire being over a chessboard. You have to love that kid and pity him.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 J. Hoberman
    The Passenger is a relic of that moment in international co-production when famous European auteurs hitched their wagons to hip and eager Hollywood stars.

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